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Charles Chocolates Open Before V-Day; See the Menu

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[Photo: Tamara Palmer]

The sign went up today at the new exhibition kitchen and cafe by Charles Chocolates (535 Florida), returning to the confectionery arena after a sudden closure in 2011. The 7,600-square-foot kitchen and retail space includes heated patio seating and floor-to-ceiling windows through which patrons can watch the entire candy-making process. Pending the conclusion of construction and the passing of final inspections, proprietor Chuck Siegel hopes to be open before Valentine's Day.

The cafe menu features a number of new items for the company, including boxes of pavés (the original truffle) and treats inspired by Siegel's childhood. For example, a chocolate snacking cake is his take on a summer-camp favorite, and he'll offer push-ups with Valrhona chocolate (an upscale Fudgesicle) and real orange juice (a healthier and tastier version of a Creamsicle).

CONFECTIONS

Artisan chocolates ($2/piece; price varies per box)
Raspberry or passion fruit Raisie ($4)
Bittersweet chocolate pavés ($10/8 pieces, $18/15 pieces, $35/32 pieces)

DESSERTS

Made-to-order s'more ($6)
Signature chocolate brownie with or without toasted pecans ($5)
Chocolate snacking cake ($5)
Walnut squares ($4)
Hazelnut praliné mousse cake ($6)

FROZEN DESSERTS

Valrhona Fudgesicle or fresh-squeezed Creamsicle push-up ($4.50)

COOKIES

Giant mixed chip ($4.50)
Giant walnut mixed chip ($4.50)
Oatmeal chocolate chip ($2/three for $5)

HOT DRINKS

Classic French hot chocolate ($5)
Caramel cinnamon hot chocolate ($5)
Hot Teance tea ($3)

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Charles Chocolates

535 Florida, San Francisco, CA

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